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14 CFR Part 121 Air Carrier Certification

This Website provides an overview of the certification process for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121 air carriers This site is designed to guide a new applicant thru the Air Carrier Certification Process and answer questions they may have regarding Certification Process.

  1. Certification and Voluntary Safety Programs
    1. General Information about Safety Programs
    2. Safety Management System (SMS)
    3. Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
    4. Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA)
    5. Preparation for Certification with a Safety Management System
  2. Introduction to Certification
    1. Introduction to Part 121 Air Carrier Certification
    2. Overview of the Process
    3. The FAA’s Approach to Certification
    4. Roles
    5. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Completing the Pre-Application Checklist
    1. Introduction to Pre-Application
    2. Plan Your Strategy
    3. Signal Your Intent to Apply for Certification
    4. Complete the Pre-Application Checklist (PAC)
    5. Submit the Formal Application Letter and Required Documents
  4. Completing the Certification Process
    1. Phase 1: Pre-application
    2. Phase 2: Formal Application
    3. Phase 3: Design Assessment
    4. Phase 4: Performance Assessment
    5. Phase 5: Administrative Functions
    6. Certification Process Feedback Form (PDF)
  5. Certification Consultants
    1. How to become a Certification Consultant
    2. Qualified Certification Consultants List (PDF)

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